This is the final taping of NXT TV before NXT TakeOver: War Games, this Saturday!
Bianca Belair vs. Mia Yim: I’m really impressed with Belair. Sure she is undefeated but for someone with only NXT as her in-ring experience, she works in the ring as a veteran. Yim comes out of the gate with quick offense but Bianca slows the pace down and keeps Mia grounded. Yim finally comes back after ducking a legdrop. A gutwrench suplex only gets a two count. A beautiful spinebuster from Bianca only gets a two count as well. Belair being too cocky allows Yim to hit her with some pretty sweet martial arts offense. Yim goes for Sole Food but Bianca blocked it with a forearm. Bianca hoists her up for her K.O.D. finisher. (Torture Rack into a Facebuster)
Here is a recap of the very long history between Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano. NXT is known for its storytelling and they sure knocked it out of the park here. There is so much going on here that I’m sure no one knew would lead to TakeOver. What a story:
Karissa Rivera vs. Lacey Evans: Lacey dominated the beginning but she got cocky allowing Rivera to get a small comeback. Lacey seemed disgusted at the fact that Rivera struck her sending Evans into a rage. Lacey Evans hits Rivera with the Women’s Right for the women.
Evans cuts a promo after the match calling everyone including the Women’s Division of NXT “a bunch of nasties”. She puts all the women of NXT on notice.
Here is how we got to Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: War Games:
This Saturday Shayna Baszler defends the NXT Women’s Championship in a Two out of Three Falls Match:
Hanson vs. Kyle O’Reilly: Huge match here, the winner gets the “War Games Advantage” for his team, meaning the third person to enter War Games will give his team a 2 on 1 advantage. O’Reilly’s MMA strategy doesn’t fair well against Hanson’s power. O’Reilly finally figures out a way to get the upper hand, attacking Hanson’s left knee. Inverted Dragon-screw Leg whip on Hanson is absolutely vicious. Hanson gets locked into a knee bar with nowhere to go. Hanson breaks the hold by smacking O’Reilly with the bottom of his boot. Hanson is back on top on offense. Hanson takes a dive to the outside, a sight to behold for a man his size. Hanson destroys O’Reilly in the corner with a canonball. Hanson is heading to the top before he is distracted by Undisputed Era member Adam Cole. Hanson pays Cole no mind and goes for a mooonsault and misses. O’Reilly puts Hanson in an ankle lock but Hanson gets to the ropes. Cole kicks Hanson when the referee wasn’t looking but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Shortly after, Rowe comes out to back up Hanson which then leads to all of Undisputed Era to come out and bash on Rowe. Inside the ring there is a fierce battle going on between Hanson and O’Reilly. Pete Dunne comes out for his War Games squad and we have a crazy brawl on the outside. Out of nowhere Ricochet appears and leaps over the referee to the outside with a Tope con Hilo. When no one is looking, O’Reilly whacks Hanson in the back of his head with his NXT Tag Team Title belt. O’Reilly covers Hanson and gets the win. Undisputed Era has the War Games Advantage. In the ring Pete Dunne is unable to get to his feet. Will he be okay for TakeOver: War Games? That’s all for this week as the show ends.
This was a good way to build anticipation for the show on Saturday while making the main event on TV mean something. As always, I’m expecting NXT to deliver a huge show on Saturday. Are you excited for TakeOver: War Games? Let us know in the comments!